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David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports - Q&A

David Ragan was the unexpected winner in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race, and he spoke to the media after celebrating in victory lane.
Q:
David Ragan, let's hear from our race winner. He drove the #34 Farm Rich Ford for Front Row Motorsports in a one-two finish today. Congratulations to owner Bob Jenkins, crew chief Jay Guy.

This is David's second win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, his first win at Talladega in the Sprint Cup Series.

David, just take us through that last green-white-chequered. Kind of like the Kentucky Derby yesterday; that horse just came out of nowhere. That #34 car got through there and won this race. Tell us how you did it.

David Ragan:
I wouldn't want to line up and have to do it again. When we took the green we were running 10th, and the outside lane today had been a little bit better all day long. Got a good restart. I don't know what happened on that first lap, but coming around, and when we took the white I was pushing the #43, and he jumped to the outside of the #20 getting into Turn 1, and I didn't want to be on the top lane going down the back straightaway, the top lane hadn't served well enough down the back straightaway today. The #20 car had been the class of the field all day long. I saw him right in front of me, and so I decided to stick with him.

I thought that maybe we could get a good run and race for the win coming out of Turn 4, but I didn't know at the time the #38, David Gilliland, was hooked to my rear bumper, and so that gave me a little extra confidence coming out of Turn 2, we were probably running 4th or 5th at the time that I could make the right moves and I knew that he was going to stick with me. So the #99 was leading. I think he tried to block the #17, which allowed me a clean hole on the bottom, so I went low, Carl, I guess, didn't see me come quick enough or we had such a fast run, I was able to get position on him, and I don't know still today how the #38 had such a good run, and he was just pushing me unbelievably through 3 and 4.

I knew once I came out of Turn 4 we had enough steam that I could have made my car wide enough that we were going to make it back around to the start-finish line. It's a huge, huge deal for us to be sitting here right now, and it makes it even more special to get a one-two finish. Can you believe that?

Q:
I hate to be the spoil sport right off the bat, but there's a controversy raging that I don't know if you're aware of. Brad Keselowski claims, I don't know if you either lined up wrong on the final restart or you changed lanes before the restart. Are you familiar with this? Do you know what he's alleging?

David Ragan:
Yes. We were running 8th when I guess the one to go around the caution time, and NASCAR, I guess it's standard procedure, they always go back through the running order and adjust any cars that need to be adjusted, I guess with film maybe when the caution came out in that back straightaway wreck, and I knew that we were probably a little higher than what we should be because we were running 20th or so when that wreck happened and we made it through, so they adjusted the lineup. Who were the other car that --

Q:
The #95.

David Ragan:
The #95, the #2, and then the #34. So NASCAR says that on the radio. They tell the spotters, tell the crew chief, and so the #95 pulls up. Well, obviously Brad wanted to start on the outside, because he knew the same thing that I knew, that the outside lane had an advantage on the restart but he just didn't want to listen to NASCAR. So NASCAR makes the call on where we line up at, and I listen to what NASCAR has to say. My spotter told me that's what they radioed on the NASCAR channel, the crew chief said the same thing, and Brad was just trying to snooker us and get the preferred lane, and eventually he decided he should do the right thing and he restarted ninth and I restarted 10th, so there's no controversy. But I'm glad you got that out because I had that already prepared. I was ready to talk about it. I was mad going down the back straightaway and I was screaming at my spotter and at Jay, somebody please get NASCAR, maybe the #2's radio wasn't working and Brad didn't know. Sometimes you don't get that message relayed. It's been wet, sometimes the radios have issues when it rains. I thought maybe the #2 didn't know, but I'm sure he knew and he was trying to play it smooth.

Q:
He still --

David Ragan:
Well, NASCAR will set him straight eventually. He maybe won't admit it, but he knows that he lined up in the right spot and I lined up in the right spot.

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